Jeffrey Dean Morgan moves to 'Shanghai'

Joins cast that includes John Cusack, Ken Watanabe

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is heading to Asia for his next film project.

The "Supernatural" regular has inked a deal to appear in the Weinstein Co.'s period piece "Shanghai" alongside John Cusack and Ken Watanabe.

Morgan plays Connor, an American killed in Japanese-occupied Shanghai before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Cusack's Paul Soames sets out to investigate his friend's murder and discovers a larger secret that the government is hiding.

Mikael Hafstrom ("1408") is directing from a script by Hossein Amini ("The Four Feathers").

Phoenix's Mike Medavoy and Barry Mendel are producing, with Arnie Messer exec producing. The film is in production in Thailand.

Morgan is repped by WMA and Rob Gomez.